Life’s a beach for Lo­han

Cape Argus - - LIFE - EMILY YAHR

WHEN you hear “Lind­say Lo­han” and “re­al­ity show” in the same sen­tence, an­other word that might come to mind is “dis­as­ter”.

The trou­bled ac­tress, known for her le­gal en­tan­gle­ments and con­tro­ver­sies, at­tempted a do­cuseries with Oprah Win­frey in 2014. It did not go well. How­ever, we can in­form you: Lind­say Lo­han’s Beach Club, which de­buted on MTV on Tues­day night, is not a dis­as­ter.

Cen­tred on the launch of Lo­han’s new club in Mykonos, Greece, it’s a fairly stan­dard – and un­re­mark­able – en­try into the “un­der­lings work for a celebrity boss” genre of re­al­ity TV. Still, the show is a sad view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Not for the rea­sons you might ex­pect.

The mes­sag­ing sur­round­ing the se­ries could not be more di­rect. Lo­han, aware of her rep­u­ta­tion, wants you to know: Her trou­bles are be­hind her. She has rein­vented her­self as an en­tre­pre­neur with a brand to pro­tect. And if you’re not as se­ri­ous as she is about her mis­sion, well, you can see your­self out.

Lo­han’s new chap­ter is the theme of the first episode, which kicked off with the ac­tress perched on a boat in the sparkling blue sea: “I want to be my own boss,” she an­nounced.

She and her busi­ness part­ner, Panos Spent­zos, rounded up a group of Amer­i­can “VIP hosts” to work at Lo­han Beach House, her third es­tab­lish­ment in Greece. As the VIP hosts caused all sorts of un­nec­es­sary drama, the sad­ness seeped in when view­ers learnt what mo­ti­vated Lo­han to cre­ate the club; and also when it was made clear how dam­aged she was by her time in Hol­ly­wood.

In the open­ing seg­ment, Lo­han talked about why she loves Greece: “I’ve al­ways loved the beauty and seren­ity I feel when I’m here. Mykonos is the place to be… it’s beau­ti­ful, it’s open-minded, and most of all, it’s safe.”

Later in the episode, Lo­han re­minded Spent­zos that he had known her since “I was hit on that beach”. Spent­zos turned se­ri­ous as he told the cam­era about the in­ci­dent in Mykonos that made head­lines in 2016: “Three years ago, Lind­say was there on that beach with her ex-boyfriend. She got hit by him.”

“I was in a very tu­mul­tuous re­la­tion­ship. I was in a dif­fer­ent place in my life,” she said. “In­stead of cry­ing or get­ting an­gry, I said, ‘I’m gonna own this beach one day’ be­cause I al­ways want ev­ery­one to feel safe.”

“She wanted to re­mem­ber this beach as a very fun place. Not what hap­pened to her,” Spent­zos added.

Lo­han started to cry as she de­scribed bring­ing her mother there for the first time. “I made it some­thing that is mean­ing­ful to me.” Lo­han then segued into her dis­ap­point­ment in the club’s new “VIP hosts”, who got drunk the first night of film­ing. “I don’t want these kids to (mess) that up for my fam­ily and my fu­ture.” Lo­han then took on the role of the strict boss who didn’t have time for drunken an­tics.

It sounded like pretty real pain from some­one who, as a child star, never had a shot at a nor­mal life. As easy as it would be to write off Lind­say Lo­han’s Beach Club as yet an­other ridicu­lous show, when you con­sider ev­ery­thing that led the ac­tress to this place, it feels tragic. | Wash­ing­ton Post


Lind­say Lo­han in MTV’s new re­al­ity show, Lind­say Lo­han’s Beach Club, in Mykonos, Greece.

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